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Considering global public relations in times of war, sanctions, pandemics, and international crises
April 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT
Join us for a webinar presented by C. Kay Weaver from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The public relations discipline has long attempted to develop models for global public relations by identifying commonalities and variables that serve as basic starting points in the development of international communication campaigns and diplomacy. These models seek to reduce complexity and standardize principles of practice (Gregory, 2013). Yet we live in a world which continues to battle against a global pandemic, which is now on the verge of international war, in which an already massive international refugee crisis has exploded in scale, and where propaganda is being used to further social divisions and even drive public opinion to support potential planetary destruction. How can we situate the notion of ‘global public relations’ in this context? In this talk I encourage us to think about how our discipline’s desire for simplicity has created blind spots for both global and local practice, how it has almost completely failed to consider the needs of diverse groups of people and communities, and, consequently, contributed to furthering social divisions locally and internationally. I ask what is our role as public relations theorists, educators and practitioners in times of alarming global crises?
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